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Oct 11, 2013 2:29 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Acadiana Weekend Rundown for Oct.11 to 13

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Festivals Acadiens et Creoles will be in full swing starting October 11th. Festivals Acadiens is in its 39th year and organizers say this years event will be bigger and better than any year. This event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Friday and there are three full days of fun, for a look at the schedule, head over to

Festival goers can park their car at Cajun Field and ride the shuttle for $1 from the corner of Congress & Cajundome Blvd. to Girard Park.

Parking on the UL Lafayette campus will be available to the public for $10 per vehicle/per entry at the following locations:

Zone 15 - on Girard Park Lane next to E.K. Long Gym.
Zone 13 - on E. Lewis Drive next to Fletcher Hall
Zone 11 - on E. Lewis Drive next to Griffin Hall
The rest of the UL campus is restricted and will NOT be available for festival parking.



LARC's Acadian Village is offering guided tours in English and French during Festival Acadien et Creole weekend this year. Allen Simon, resident tour guide, will discuss Acadian culture, history, and heritage, and the history of LARC's Acadian Village during the tours. Please see tour times below.

Tour Times:
Friday, 10/11 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, 10/12 at 12pm and 2pm
Sunday, 10/13 at 2pm
Monday, 10/14 at 2pm

Acadian Village is located at 200 Greenleaf Dr, Lafayette. For more information call (337) 981-2364




The Louisiana Cotton Festival will take place in Ville Platte, October 8th through 13th. This "week long" festival will include fun, games and cotton! For a full list of events visit: Or call: 337-831-3340




World Championship Gumbo Cookoff

The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 24th anniversary of the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff taking place in Bouligny Plaza in historic downtown New Iberia. This fun-filled weekend will begin on Friday, October 11th with music from Nik-L-Beer Band from 7:00pm -10:00pm.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 12th starting at 8:00am with a Roux Run, following with a Cajun/Creole Food Fest. Taste Cajun and Creole cuisine (everything but Gumbo) in Bouligny Plaza (Downtown New Iberia).

Enjoy music from 11:00am - 2:00pm by Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, 2:30pm - 5:30pm by Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band and closing out with Chris Ardoin from 6:00pm -9:30pm.

The 24th World Championship Gumbo CookOff is Sunday, October 14th. Nearly 100 teams of amateur and professional cooks will compete for the 24th World Championship Gumbo CookOff title and bragging rights to the world's best gumbo. The teams must prepare the roux on site without the benefit of electricity. To ensure that everyone abides by the "Gumbo Code of Ethics," the Gumbo Police inspect each team's ingredients before they begin cooking and patrol the plaza throughout the day. All types of gumbo will be sold beginning at 11:00am.

Sunday's music lineup kicks off with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie from 9:00am - 12:00pm followed by Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns from 12:30pm -3:30pm.

More than 40,000 people attend throughout this three day event which is free to the public with food, soft drinks, and beer on sale. For more information click here or call (337) 364-1836.




Nothing can prepare you for the horror that waits around every turn in a nightmare-world that is bigger, better, and scarier than ever. Monster Energy Drinks and the Lafayette Science Museum Foundation present MUSEUM OF FEAR. Admission is only $10 at the door and all proceeds directly benefit the Lafayette Science Museum.

The haunted house is built on the third floor of the museum located on Jefferson Street in the heart of downtown Lafayette and runs on select days from October 11 until Halloween night. The climate controlled, safety-inspected attraction will keep you safe and out of the elements... and scared witless.

Huge additions to the set of Museum of Fear are guaranteed to raise goose bumps. New sinister scares will take you to the edge of sanity while professional actors, movie quality set design, fog, and yes, even smells, invade your happy place with impunity. Nothing can prepare you...

Tell your friends and bring the whole family, because "A family that scares together shares together*!" Call 337-291-5544, visit our Facebook page, or visit us online at for more information, including specific dates and times.



Official Kick-Off of the Master Planning Phase for the Park at the Horse Farm. A check presentation of $2.6 million for the planning phase of the Park at the Horse Farm will be presented to Lafayette Central Park's Chairman of the Board, Lenny Lemoine, by Lafayette Public Trust Finance Authority Chairman, John Arceneaux.

In addition, Lafayette Central Park, Inc. will have a tent set up at the Lafayette Farmer's and Artisan's Market at the Horse Farm to encourage participation in and questions about the upcoming community forums set for October. These forums are set up specifically to seek public input on the park's plan. LCP will also be distributing fun and informational "goodies" that will include the times, dates and locations of the upcoming forums.

Everyone interested in being a part of this historic moment is invited to join us as we kick off the Master Planning Phase of this world class central park.

When: Saturday, October 12 at 9:00 AM

Where: Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston Street, Lafayette.



Cajun Paws Rescue's will have a fundraiser on Saturday October 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply, 1404 Rees Street, in Breaux Bridge. CPR volunteers will be on hand to wash your pet, trim their nails, and even paint their nails. While waiting you can enjoy a BBQ Burger meal.





The best, the biggest, and the brightest 5k race will be held in Jennings October 12th called Color PHor A Cure.  The only question is "Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?"

Color PHor A Cure 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Whether you are a casual morning walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of Color PHor A Cure course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life. You'll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong!

Racers will start at the Jennings Elementary Football Field and run a 5k through assigned color stations dispersed through the course, ending back at the Jennings Elementary Football Field. You can walk, jog, run, crawl, skip, or dance the 5k. The race isn't timed so just come ready to have fun and get covered in color. Just be warned you will be coated head to toe in color when you are finished.

October 12, 2013
Jennings Elementary Football Field
620 Florence Street
Jennings, LA 70546

$30 before September 1
$40 after September 1
$50 day of Race
Free for Kids under 7

$20 for PH warriors and their caregivers

7:30 a.m. - Late Registrations
8:45 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. - Race Starts

Color Countdown Finale

Color PHor A Cure was founded by Josh & Lindsey Belt of Jennings, Louisiana. In January of 2013, Joel Belt (Josh & Lindsey's 2 year old son) was diagnosed with severe primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). After 42 days in 3 different hospitals, Joel was sent home with very intensive medication with the hope to improve his quality of life. Since there is not cause found for why Joel has PPH, that also means there is no cure. He currently has only two options at the moment: medicine for life or a double lung transplant.

Today, Joel is currently being seen by some of the greatest PH doctors at Texas Children's Hospital. He is currently on a 24/7 IV medication that is being infused directly into his heart as well as taking half a dozen other oral medications. Unfortunately, at this time no PH medication given to children is FDA approved. Barring a miracle, this will be a life long journey for Joel and the Belt family. This is where you can help! Joel needs your help in raising funds to find a cure in his lifetime.

100% of all the proceeds from the race will go to help raise awareness and research funds for Pulmonary Hypertension Association's Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Fund. A rare and often misdiagnosed disease, Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) causes high blood pressure in the lungs. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve a patient's quality of life, but there is currently NO CURE for Pulmonary Hypertension.

You can learn more about PH at


Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team will host LSU-Alexandria and Lamar University in a pair of fall exhibition games this weekend at Lamson Park, seeking wins and to support two good causes.
The Cajuns will meet LSU-Alexandria at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, in the "Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game" and Lamar at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

The "Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game" will take place on "Fight Like A Girl Cancer Awareness Day." Fans can show their support by wearing pink to the game. The Cajuns softball team also will sell pink "Fight Like A Girl" T-shirts in honor of all family and friends who have battled cancer. Monetary donations also will be accepted at the gate.

The Ragin' Cajuns welcome all cancer survivors to attend a pregame ceremony at 11:30 a.m., when they will be honored on the field.

On Sunday, the team will host a canned goods food drive in conjunction with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. Fans are encouraged to bring canned goods, which will be accepted at the gate, along with monetary donations. For more information, contact Mary-Kay Rath, Second Harvest Food Bank representative, at (337) 247-4079.



The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Benevolent Association Run with the Fuzz kicks off at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Bayou Vista Community Center.

Traffic will be temporarily stopped at the intersections along the route to accommodate participants. Motorists should be mindful of the race route and take alternate roadways if necessary.

Both routes will begin and end on Belleview at the Bayou Vista Community Center. The one-mile children's run will go from Belleview, to Teche, Delmar, and Southeast Blvd. before turning back onto Belleview. The 5K will take Belleview to Teche onto Delmar then to Venus, Saturn, and Clarke. Racers will turn onto Canal before returning back onto Teche and finally Belleview.

After the Run with the Fuzz 5K Fun Run/Walk, there will be jambalaya and red beans. Walgreens will also have a table set up offering health and well-being services.

Those interested in participating in the run/walk may register the morning of the race for $25.





October 10-12 Melville Atchafalaya Catfish Festival

FREE admission. Some of the best catfish in the state of Louisiana! Choose from fried, courtbouillon, grilled, blackened and more. The festival includes live music, dj entertainment, food, and entertainment for the entire family.

No ice chests, glass containers or pets allowed. The festival is held the second weekend of October every year.

Thursday, Oct 10th
6pm-10pm - Family night at the Carnival
Carnival presale tickets are available at town hall from September 2-October 9 for $12.00. Regular price is $15.00.

Friday, Oct 11th
6pm-10pm - Carnival night
Saturday, Oct 12th
10am - Parade
1pm-3pm L'il Kenny & the Heartbreakers
5pm-7pm Grand Slam Band
8pm-10pm Dikki Du Carrier and The Zydeco Krewe

Melville Civic Center Grounds
1105 First Street, Melville



13th annual Zydeco Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Acadiana biggest annual event and fundraiser "the Zydeco Pancake Breakfast" will be held Saturday, October 12th, 2013, from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m. at the Acadian Village Pavilion. Event tickets are $5.00 each and a ticket entitles the bearer to receive "All You Can Eat" pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, juice, soft drinks (drive through service is also available!!). The 13th annual event is set for Saturday October 12, 2013 at Acadian Village from 8:00am to 11:00am and always proves to be a fun time!

Each year, proceeds from this event are donated by the Kiwanis Club of Acadiana to community organizations that serve the children of our area. During breakfast one of the most energetic Zydeco groups around, Grammy Award Winning Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band, will play so people can dance to great Zydeco music. At the edge of the dance floor will be a children's area with games, face painting and more, providing entertainment for the entire family.

This year event proceeds will be donated to Junior Achievement and Kiwanis' Bring Up Grades (BUG) and Eliminate projects.

Tickets can be purchased on site during the event or in advance from any Kiwanis of Acadiana member.


LA Cattle Festival & Fair

Held every second full weekend in October, cool weather and leaves changing colors mark the beginning of the Annual Louisiana Cattle Festival. The festival originated on September 24, 1949 by Roy R. Theriot, Sr., manager of the Chamber of Commerce and former Mayor of Abbeville. Originally known as the Dairy Festival, the name was changed in 1979 to honor all the Cattle Industry of the state.

The fun-filled 3-day Festival includes events such as a Baby Show, Cooking Contest, Queen's Pageant, Cattle Livestock Show, Parade, Live Entertainment, Street Dancing "Fais Do Do" and Street Fair. Booths with Food, Drinks, Souvenirs, Arts and Crafts, and Cajun Hospitality are available during the entire Festival.  The festival is October 11-13, 2013



The Grand Parade will roll through Abbeville this Saturday as part of the 65th Annual Louisiana Cattle Festival. The 1.6-mile parade will begin at 1 p.m. with the area of Charity Street and John Hardy Drive serving as the starting point. Participants are urged to line up by noon. The parade will come to a conclusion on South State Street near the railroad tracks. Actor/Singer Ben Bledsoe will serve as the Grand Marshal.

The parade will feature 26 floats, multiple marching bands and a dance team. The parade will also feature a little horse power, too, as riders on horseback will continue to take part. The Ghostbusters vehicle from the movie is scheduled to be in the parade. The vehicle is coming to Abbeville courtesy of Louisiana Ghostbusters, a service organization that helps raise money for various charities. For those who arrive early, there will be pre-parade entertainment. The Fa Tras Cajun Band will perform on the east side of the Vermilion Parish Courthouse in Downtown Abbeville.




Christian Youth Theatre Lafayette To Perform "The Wizard of Oz" For Four Dates
LAFAYETTE, LA - September 11, 2013 - Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) presents "The
Wizard of Oz," a production for the entire family. The play will run from Thursday, October
10 through Sunday, October 13 at Angelle Auditorium on the campus of the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, 601 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA. Tickets are on sale now
The production times are as follows:
Thursday, October 10 - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 11 - 11:30 AM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 AM
Saturday, October 12 - 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 13 - 3:00 PM




Movies in the Parc will be held on Saturday, October 12th. There you can try to outrun the friendly (inflatable) 10ft boulder for a little fun before "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark."  Gates open at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at dusk




There will be a paddle trip from the Nature Station to Vermilionville on Sunday, October 13, 2013, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nature Station's canoe/kayak launch.

Bring your own canoe or kayak to the Nature Station at 7:00 a.m. to unload and then drive your vehicle to Vermilionville at 7:30 a.m. to catch the shuttle back to the station to start the paddle. Shuttle leaves Vermilionville at 7:40 a.m. The trip is 9.5 miles and can take around 5 hours to complete. Bring rain gear, extra water, snacks and other items you may need along the way.

Participants will receive a free decal sticker for the first completed section of the Vermilion River Paddle Trail at the end of the trip in the gift shop at Vermilionville.

This is a FREE event. To sign up and for more information contact the Acadiana Park Nature Station (337) 291-8448.




St. Mary's Episcopal Church will present its annual "Blessing of the Animals" Sunday at 2 p.m.
The blessing is an outdoor worship service celebrating the animals with whom people share their lives. Non-pet owners are welcome as well.

The church blesses animals each fall to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved Christian saints. The animals will be blessed as individuals along with their owners. Stuffed animals are welcome as well. Pets who cannot attend may be blessed in absentia by request of their owners.

The service will be held on the terrace of the Trowbridge House, 808 First St., across from the church. Refreshments will be served for both pets and humans. In the event of rain the service will be held on the porch of Trowbridge House.

This year's canine guest of honor will be Bubba, an 8-year-old survivor of the streets of Bakersfield, Calif. A Benji look-alike, Bubba now resides with Daytona, the United States Army protection dog who was the 2011 canine honoree at the blessing. They lived in Muscogee, Oklahoma and San Antonio, Texas before moving to Franklin with Elmo and Kitty Vinas.
Call 238-0918 for more information. All animals must be leashed.





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